Building National Nuclear Forensics Programs

Adam Stratz - U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration
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Nuclear forensics is a critical component in identifying and attributing radioactive and nuclear (R/N) materials out of regulatory control (e.g., illicit nuclear smuggling). Instilling a dedicated nuclear forensics capability at the national or regional level, or having dedicated communication pathways and information exchange mechanisms with capable international partners, is critical to exposing smuggling pathways, but the resources, expertise, equipment, and interagency networks required to execute such programs are difficult to implement and sustain. This paper leverages the knowledge and experience of countries establishing national nuclear forensics programs (NNFPs) to highlight the challenges, successes, and international connectivity required to bolster global nuclear security efforts.